By John Grisham
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780345534552, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
“[A] grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story.”—The Washington Post
“[John Grisham] is a master at pacing. . . . The book starts fast and finishes faster.”—Los Angeles Times
“Packed with tension, legal roadblocks and shocking revelations.”—USA Today
“There’s no doubt that Grisham has his finger on the pulse of America.”—Orlando Sentinel